What is Reiki?

Reiki is a gentle, spiritually based, Japanese healing system for maintaining and restoring health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit. It is a complementary health approach that is used as a way to manage symptoms and improve general well-being by bringing balance to all the systems of the body.

The word Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei which means “universal life” and Ki which is “life force energy”. During a reiki session, the practitioner places their hands either directly on you or just above you to bring about healing. The belief is that the practitioner is able to stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities.



There is a lot of reported benefits of Reiki which can include:


1. Relieves pain, anxiety, and fatigue

According to a review of randomized trials, reiki may help to reduce pain,  anxiety, and fatigue. A 2015 study found that people being treated for cancer who received reiki in addition to regular medical care had lower levels of pain, anxiety, and fatigue. These levels were significantly lower than the control group, who only received medical care. Participants had 30-minute sessions of distant reiki for five days.

A 2018 study compared the use of reiki to physiotherapy for relieving lower back pain in people with herniated disks. Both treatments were found to be equally effective at relieving pain and, in some cases, Reiki resulted in faster treatment.


2. Treats depression

Reiki treatments may be used as part of a treatment plan to help relieve depression. In a small 2010 study, researchers looked at the effects of reiki on older adults experiencing pain, depression, or anxiety. The participants reported an improvement of their physical symptoms, mood, and well-being. They also reported more feelings of relaxation, increased curiosity, and enhanced levels of self-care.


3. Boosts mood

Reiki may help to improve your mood by relieving anxiety and depression. According to results from a 2011 study, people who had reiki felt greater mood benefits compared to people who didn’t have reiki. The study participants who had six 30-minute sessions over a period of two to eight weeks showed improvements in their mood.


4. May improve some symptoms and conditions

Reiki may also be used to treat:

  • headache
  • tension
  • insomnia
  • nausea

The relaxation response that happens with Reiki may benefit these symptoms. This response coaxes the body into sending more blood flow to the brain and slowing muscles and organs. This effect, in turn, leads to blood pressure and heart rate regulation, better immune function, and an uptick in endorphin production.

This list of benefits is sourced from


What to expect

Reiki does not involve physical manipulation of your body like a massage, rather it entails your practitioner gently laying their hands on you or sometimes hovering close to your body.

You will meet with your reiki practitioner and have chat about the process and your expectations or intentions. Let your practitioner know about any symptoms you want addressed or if there are places in the body on which you’d like them to focus. Also, let the practitioner know if you have any injuries or places that are sensitive to touch.

Your session will take place in a calm and relaxing space. You will be laying down, fully clothed except for your shoes. It is best to wear loose clothing so there are no restrictions to your breathing. You just need to lay down, with your eyes closed and relax.

You may experience sensations in the body such as heat or tingling. Some people report seeing visualizations such as colours or pictures, or having memories appear. Try to allow whatever arises to pass without attaching too much meaning to it. Your experiences may become deeper the more you continue with reiki.

Coco, our new massage therapist, is also a qualified Reiki practitioner and we have appointments available now. You can even combine your massage and reiki into one session – book online now to secure your appointment.